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NASUWT members have so far taken 13 days of strike action, with further days of action planned, after being threatened with dismissal from their jobs unless they sign new contracts that would see them with worse pensions and working conditions.
 
The employer is forcing staff to decide between their right to remain members of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) or a 4.7% pay cut.
 
There is no financial reason for cutting the salary of teachers who wish to remain members of the TPS, the total fund on the balance sheet increased by £114,357 in 2021.
 
Inflation is predicted to reach 8.7%, the cap on energy prices is increasing by 54%, and there will be an increase of 1.25% in National Insurance contributions in April. 
 
At every stage, NASUWT has requested meetings with the employer to try and resolve the dispute and has met the employer at ACAS. The employer has made it clear that they are not willing to engage in negotiations to resolve the dispute. 
 
NASUWT members who did not agree to the changes in their contract were issued with letters terminating their contract of employment. Members signed the new contract of employment under protest and were informed that the employer was unable to accept contracts signed under protest or duress. Members were forced to withdraw their signing under protest letters, or face being dismissed from their job.
 
Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said:

“NASUWT members do not want to take strike action, they want to teach their students. However, the employer has left them with no alternative option to take action to protect their pensions.
 
“It cannot be acceptable for teachers to be threatened with dismissal unless they agree to accept an inferior pension that will leave teachers poorer in their retirement.
 
“We appeal to the governing body to engage in meaningful negotiations to resolve this dispute in the interests of teachers, students and the school.”

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